Easter Basket Pick: Norman Love's Chocolate Easter Eggs
It's easy to taste a lot of bad (albeit bad but cute) chocolate confections around Easter. Here's one answer to the bad basket: the Florida-based confectionary Norman Love, who has a line of ganache filled chocolate eggs which actually taste as good as they look.
The eggs all sport thin chocolate shells and dense, smooth fillings. They're not the kind of chocolates that you break open and the filling oozes out—perhaps a little texturally uniform but better on a day when people are wearing their finest.
There are 10 flavors and few duds, though if you're hand picking your basket I'd stick first to the appropriately Floridian flavors: Orange Cream, which is made from Florida oranges and accented with vanilla in a white chocolate shell to create a creamsicle effect, and Lemon Cream, which is refreshingly bright and tart. Coconut Cream, which features coconut cream, shredded coconut, and a white chocolate shell, was another favorite because it tasted like true coconut, not sun tan lotion, and wasn't overly sweet.
If you're not a fruit person, the Coffee Cream (fresh ground coffee mixed with milk chocolate in a milk chocolate shell) was rich and, despite the milk and not dark chocolate, potent. The Salted Caramel Cream was a little on the sweet side but finished with notes of burnt toffee.
Chocolate eggs are available for purchase at Norman Love stores or online.
About the author: Carrie Vasios Mullins is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios